Read The Entire Bible

Bible Reading Plan to Read the Entire Bible in One Year

Chronological Reading Plan

A great option is a chronological reading of the Bible. This helps put events into context and grasp the flow of the narrative. Since the books of the Bible are not entirely in chronological order and some portions provide overlapping accounts and duplication, a chronological Bible best captures the historical flow of the various writings.

Because of the complexity of placing Scripture in historical order, here is an approximate chronological reading plan. It puts the books of the Bible in order. It is accessible and easy to use.

View or print a PDF file of the chronological Bible reading plan.

As an alternative, for a truly chronological overview of the Bible, get one of the many one-year chronological Bibles:

  • The One Year Chronological Bible: available in NIV, NLT, or NKJV version.
  • The One Year Bible: available in NIV, NLT, ESV, or NKJV version.

Strategic Reading Plan

Here is a reading plan that mixes different types of books for a more varied reading schedule. This is a plan that works for me, as it keeps me reading, while minimizing boredom. (This reading plan, however, does not provide a view of the Bible’s story arc, which is available in the above Chronological reading plan.)

This strategic Bible reading plan intersperses different sections of the Bible into a daily reading plan that allows you to read the entire Bible in one year (PDF file to view or print).

Biblical Order

A final option is to read the entire Bible in biblical order, from Genesis to Revelation. I don’t recommend this approach, however, preferring the above chronological plan or strategic plan. But readers do request this option, and I am happy to provide it.